Yoga and Yogi Teas

 

Female hand taking a cup with a tea

 

Yogi’s roots in Yoga

Yogi’s founder, Yogi Bhajan, began studying yoga in India as a young teenager. Over the next two decades, he traveled widely throughout the continent and studied with numerous yoga and Ayurveda teachers. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan came to America and began teaching a system of lifestyle practices including yoga, diet, herbs and daily routines to encourage health in body, mind and spirit.

“Parsley is as much a part of yoga as camel pose;” Yogi Bhajan would say, sharing his belief that the systems of Ayurveda and yoga were meant to be practiced together for the most benefit.

The original Yogi tea formula was a core of those teachings. Included in the recipe were five traditional, warming Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. He drank this tea blend daily, and shared it after class with his yoga students.

It wasn’t long before several of his students were inspired to brew their own “Yogi Tea.” In 1984, this grassroots endeavor blossomed into the Yogi Tea Company.

 

A simple practice combining yoga & herbal tea

According to Ayurveda, cardamom is an herb with high content of ether element, an energy that expands awareness. To appreciate the enlightening effect of this wonderful herb, brew a cup of tea high in cardamom (you might try Yogi Chai Rooibos) and inhale the aroma deeply. Sitting straight, eyes closed, slowly drink the tea, and take long, deep breaths for 2-3 minutes. Then relax and enjoy your heightened consciousness.

 

Interested in learning more about the benefits of Yoga & Herbs? Here are a few more blog posts on the topic:

 

Herbs for Yoga, Part 1: Stamina

Herbs for Yoga, Part 2: Relaxation

Herbs for Yoga, Part 3: Circulation

Herbs for Yoga, Part 4: Endurance


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